Though Higgins and Bushnell spent her birthday apart, Higgins made sure to pay special tribute to his lady love -- and slam split rumors -- in a sweet Instagram post on Wednesday.
"No need to respond often to rumors or 'fake news' but the feeling I have in this picture is the same feeling I have for this girl today," he wrote. "We have entered into a world where rumors will exist we know that, but just know as @laurenbushnell celebrates her birthday tomorrow I am still extremely lucky to be able to share life with her and be by her side."
ET caught up with the couple last month, where they opened up about trying to live their life off camera -- and starting to plan their wedding.
"I'm glad that we could share some of our biggest difficulties with Bachelor Nation, but at the same time, it's not always healthy," Higgins confessed. "Some of those things are meant to be private. Some of those things are meant to be just between a couple, kind of working through it together."
"It is the new year, and that was when we were kind of like, 'OK! After the holidays, we're going to settle down, we're going to start talking about the wedding,'" Bushnell revealed. "So after this, that's when the conversation starts!"
See more in Higgins and Bushnell's relationship video below.